In the slipstream of the wars in syria and iraq, the western-backed saudi coalition continues its air war that is killing countless civilians
While the media is focused on iraq and syria, and western media mostly only denounce the russian and syrian airstrikes on aleppo, the western-linked and u.S.-backed saudi coalition continues its bombing in yemen, which has already caused thousands of deaths. Saudi arabia has just been elected as a member of the un human rights council, the usa and great britain, involved in the war against the shiite huthi rebels by supplying bombs and training pilots, likewise, while russia did not get enough votes because of aleppo (un human rights council: russia excluded, saudi arabia elected).
The u.S. Government had only half-heartedly distanced itself from the saudi bombing of a mourning ceremony in sabaa, stressing that there was a difference between the russian attacks on civilians and the saudi ones after all (two mab: lesson in u.S. Diplomacy in the middle east, u.S. Intervenes in yemen war). On 8. October bombs on the burial society had killed 140 people and injured 500. The coalition admitted this was done in error, which can be doubted since officers from army units allied with the huthis also attended the mourning ceremony.
Huthi rebels reportedly fired a ballistic missile at mecca on thursday. It had been fired by the saudis and fell to the ground 65 km from mecca. It was fired from the huthis-controlled saada province, according to saudi sources. The huthi rebels do not deny the launch, but say the burkan-1 missile was not aimed at mecca, but at jeddah airport, which is also linked to "one hundred percent accuracy" had been hit. Earlier, they had already fired a missile at the air base in taif. The war has been going on for some time not only in yemen, but also in southern saudi arabia, which is being shelled from yemen.
Yesterday, saudi coalition warplanes bombed a prison in the port city of hodeidah, which has been controlled by the huthis since 2014. It was allegedly attacked several times and completely destroyed. At least 60 people were reportedly killed and more than 30 injured, including many of the 84 detainees. Which sense this attack had, is unclear, since the prisoners were allowed to have been apparently rather opponents of the huthi rebels.
On the same day the saudi coalition bombed three houses in the town of salo near taiz. 17 people were killed. Mistakenly, according to saudi arabia. The media controlled by huthi rebels speak of many more bombings and civilian deaths, but this often cannot be independently confirmed.
Meanwhile, saudi-backed yemeni president abd rabbuh mansour hadi, who resides with his government in saudi exile, is boycotting a peace agreement negotiated by the united nations. Then, after the huthi rebels withdrew from the rougher cities and handed over heavy weapons to a third party, a new vice president was appointed, to whom hadi ceded power. The new vice president would then appoint a prime minister charged with forming a government in which north and south yemen would be equally represented. The plan sounds very unlikely; moreover, parts of the country – tolerated by the saudi coalition – are controlled by al-qaeda and the islamic state.